The North Jersey Chapter began as a group of friends, led by Natalie A. Johnson, who came together to form a club to address ￼ the social and cultural needs of their children. In 1949, the ladies applied for “Interest Group” status with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and were formally accepted at the organization’s Fourth National Convention in the same year. Formal chapter status as the North Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. occurred at the 1950 National Convention in Buffalo, New York.
Through the years, the North Jersey Chapter has wholeheartedly supported National, Regional and Local conferences. The Chapter enthusiastically hosted the Eastern Regional Teen Conference in 1971 and 1984; the Eastern Region Conference in 1961, 1971 and 1984; the Eastern Region Mother’s Conference in 1961; and the Metropolitan Cluster Meeting in 1990 and 2001. The North Jersey Chapter is also proud to have sponsored four chapters into the National Organization, including: the Morris County chapter (1982); the Central Jersey Chapter (1984); the Greater Essex Chapter (2000); and the Essex-Hudson Chapter (2006).
The chapter has a proud family and community-focused history exemplified by its track record of service projects, scholarships, and donations to worthy causes. Chapter programming is rich in the development of leadership skills for our teens, as well as educational and cultural activities for all of our children such as Skills Olympics, the Heritage Committee (formerly Rites of Passage) and the Senior Teen Retreat.